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Comment Re:Must be an impossible task. (Score 1) 169

>>not fit for the office of the president and our elected servants in dc are cow towing to this loathsome...

Is the President actually towing cows around town? Do they need special shoes or something for that?
Are there photos so we can see how it is done? Would I need a special license?


Comment Re:Yo dawg, I heard you like keychains... (Score 2) 278

Wow, I never thought of that. I first thought he was a typical Detroit resident, but then I realized he wouldn't dare keep his firearms in a safe.

But getting back to the original more serious question, how do you open a bottle of beer if you don't have an opener.

Simple! Call a Mounite. A number of us were traveling, and a real Mountie, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was assigned to our tour, as his job was to work with local LEOs to make sure all was well for our visit. We all had jobs for the "end of day" ceremonies, which included having supplies of refreshments, adequate ice, and munchies. The Mountie had the job of providing "refreshment access" as he made the mistake of telling us there were a half dozen places on a Mountie's dress uniform where one could pop open a bottle of beer.

It was our Mountie's job to ceremoniously present the beer opening tool, explain its safe use, demonstrate on his own beer, and then supervise everyone else for safe usage as they opened their own beer. We went through a spur, the belt buckle, the badge, the sights of an unloaded .38 special revolver, the trigger guard of an unloaded .38 special revolver, and a pair of handcuffs. So if you're ever out with your buddies and you have a case of beer in the car, don't forget you can always wave down a copy and ask to borrow his handcuffs so you can open your beer.

I do hope that helps.

Comment Why has Wolfram not given money to Caltech? (Score 1) 210

There could be many good reasons for Wolfram to avoid giving money to the university that educated him.

1. He may have realized the quality of the administration of the University was not up to his standards.

2. He may have felt slighted or even blocked in some cases by faculty members who were embarrassed that he was a much better scholar.

3. He may have identified problems with some of the tenured professors who he did not think were deserving of their responsibilities.

4. He may have developed an extreme distaste for the politics of academia.

5. He may have sent the cheque to the Macadamia people instead, and he's still enjoying monthly shipments of their delicious nuts, and has decided not to correct the mistake.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 134

We did not have a problem with theft, and our cleaning crew was made up of recently paroled criminals.

There was a supervisor, though, who was a guard at the correctional facility.. A very big, reasonable fellow who made it clear that any theft would be caught, and that being caught meant a cancellation of the parole. He explained to them how this was their one chance to earn an honest living and if they did well, they would leave with a reference for their next job. An HONEST reference.

When we would chat, he'd ask me to walk with him as he didn't disappear for very long as he checked everyone out. The cleaners were polite and they did a good job. They were also about ten or fifteen percent cheaper than the big companies. I often suspected the big companies hired the guys that were not good enough to work with the "good" parolees.


Comment How the CRTC actually works (Score 1) 184

CRTC commissioners are gently co-opted by the industry they regulate, and are often reluctant to endanger job prospects in the industry once their term expires.

CRTC commissioners are appointed by the government, in a quasi-political process. The length of appointments are standard, but they do not all expire at the same time, so often you have commissioners appointed by different governments. I am told by commissioners that the government doesn't try to influence the commissioners too much, but these are people who have come to the attention of senior politicians and have many friends in the political process.

The political interference is low, but the real problem lies with the industry. A former commissioner once explained it to me. There are many opportunities for broadcasters, telephone company execs, satellite companies, etc. to mingle socially with commissioners. At some point, a senior executive will ask a commissioner a bit about how they enjoy the job, what they like best, etc. Slowly a dialogue ensues, often over several months. At some point the exec praises the commissioner's grasp of the industry issues, and asks what the commissioner plans to do once the term expires. If the commissioner is vague, the executive talks about how his company is always looking for people with "regulatory experience" and that salaries are usually much higher than what a commissioner earns. The exec says something to the effect of, how it would be improper to talk about it now, but if you're interested, come see me at the end of your term and we can talk.

Another exec may have a similar conversation with that same commissioner, because it doesn't hurt for that commissioner to see the "demand" for their services from the industry.

And that, is why the consumer gets screwed by the CRTC on most routine decisions. Examples:

The CRTC, facing complaints from AM radio stations about the increase in top forty FM stations, required FM stations to play a majority of NON-hit music. (eventually rescinded years later)

The CRTC allows Cable TV operators to deny "a la carte" purchase of specialty channels, and allowed cable companies to sell packages of channels which always included several channels that were not wanted by the majority of subscribers.

The phone companies get to charge you almost $3 a month extra on your phone bill for touch-tone dialing, even though you can't order a rotary dial service. The truth is that touch-tone dialing actually saves money for the phone company.

Now, the public is realizing how much they've been screwed by Canada's telecom industry. "Cutting the cord" in terms of dropping cable TV and getting Netflix, dropping the wireline phone company in favour of VoIP, is saving some families thousands per year.

Comment What about hygiene? (Score 1) 231

Do the students wash their hands before using the scanner? How often is the scanner disinfected? Will it have a fine collection of elementary school nasal mucous?

While there is some wisdom in allowing the natural exposure to "childhood" diseases so antibodies can develop naturally to protect us in later life, do we want schoolkids to be sampling each other's nasal secretions?

Comment Re:Right. (Score 1) 140

Canada does have a definition of insanity, using the M'Naghten rule (sometimes referred to as the McNaughton rule) which has evolved into two principles, either of which defines an insane person as:

1. The accused did not understand the nature and quality of his act, or
2. The accused did understand the nature and quality of his act, but did not understand it was wrong.

In practice it is difficult for a defendant to successfully claim insanity unless it is upheld by serious medical evaluation.

Comment Porno browsers (Score 1) 116

>> Those librarians need to kick the hobos browsing porn off the library computers so they can get on ebay

A political friend of mine was on the local library board and he was wondering how to handle the problem of porn browsing on the library computers. I suggested a large sign right over the computers that were "open" with no filters. The sign would be right over the unobstructed faces of the users. It would say "PORN ENEABLED COMPUTERS" and be well lit in bright colours.

He told me he was afraid I'd be sitting up there smiling and waving at library patrons.

Oh well.

Comment That's nearly four dollars per violation!! (Score 1) 50

The story says Verizon spammed nearly two million customers who didn't have a chance to opt in or opt out of their advertising. The $7.4 million dollars was probably cheaper than the campaign to reach those customers. I do hope someone in Washington D.C. helps the FCC find their testicles, even one testicle might help.


Comment The Deputy has to survive a civil trial (Score 1) 463

If the deceased victim had not been a well-known entertainment lawyer, the family may have hired a tort lawyer and received a million or two from the government in "go away" money.

But killing a wealthy entertainment lawyer? Oh! This is going to be a big trial attracting a lot of local coverage. Best of all, there may be celebrity witnesses, the lawyer's clients who explain how the loss of their beloved counsel has caused them pain. There may be tears and running mascara. The replies from the actors will be some of the best emotionally powerful lines that Hollywood script writers can provide.

The jury will be made up of people who support the no-texting law, and the deputy will be painted as someone who got off because the D.A. didn't want to piss off his buddy the Sheriff.

The story will be a TV movie of the week or an episode in one of the many "taken from a true story" shows.

Whether the Sheriff punishes the deputy is immaterial, there's a great story to be told, and the deputy just killed a man who was important to the storytellers.

If you're an L./S. County taxpayer, grab your hanky and your checkbook.

Comment They left out the success story (Score 1) 250

The city of Wilson, North Carolina has a happy citizenry, and a couple of pissed off big ISPs. The big ISPs also lobbied the "reasonably priced" cough, NC legilsature to put the city owned outfit out of business but it didn't work.

Here's the city website, click on the :"Greenlight" link for their prices.


I think the best selling point is that all the tech staff are local, and... therefore more likely to understand the importance of not pissing off their neighbors.

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